Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Shrubs, Trees, Native Plant, Shrub, Tree
Each petal is oval to orbicular in shape and concave. The green sepals become yellow giving the white flower a yellowish look.
The red fruit turns black when ripe., Black, Purple, Red
Blooms ornamental, Showy, Fruits ornamental, Erosion control, Understory tree
New growth, wilted leaves, or plant parts that are injured by frost or drought are poisonous to cattle and humans. The toxin, hydrocyanic acid, is formed in the animals stomach. Hydrocyanic acid quickly affects animals and causes difficulty in breathing, slow pulse, dilated pupils, staggering and loss of consciousness before death. Chokecherry toxicity is highest during the spring and summer; however, leaves are non-toxic by the time fruits mature. (Rangeland Ecosystems)Children have been poisoned and have died after ingesting large quantities of berries, which contain the seeds. (Canadian Biodiversity Poisonous Plants)